Lymphoma & related disorders
Splenic hematogenous neoplasms
Follicular dendritic cell tumor

Topic Completed: 1 January 2013

Minor changes: 1 April 2020

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PubMed Search: Follicular dendritic cell tumor spleen

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Cite this page: Mansouri J. Follicular dendritic cell tumor. website. Accessed August 6th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Rare; usually affects lymph nodes and extranodal sites

Inflammatory pseudotumor-like variant:
  • Usually women, frequently with systemic symptoms
  • Indolent behavior
  • Localizes in liver, spleen
  • Associated with EBV
  • Prominent lymphoplasmacytic infiltration (Am J Surg Pathol 2001;25:721)
Clinical features
Case reports
  • 50 year old woman with follicular dendritic cell sarcoma of spleen and associated diffuse large B cell lymphoma (Hum Pathol 2008;39:776)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Fascicles, sheets, storiform or whorled patterns of oval and spindled cells
  • May have lymphocytes and plasma cells
  • May mimic inflammatory pseudotumor but usually demonstrates more prominent nuclear atypia with positive CD21 and CD35 immunostaining
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Lymph node

Tonsil: CD21

Lymph node: CD35

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Differential diagnosis
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